Five Years Later: A Review of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act

Hearing Date: February 1, 2017 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:
  • To receive updates on new provisions implemented in the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 (WPEA) and review provisions expiring in 2017.
  • Consider additional measures that may be necessary to protect whistleblowers.
BACKGROUND:
  • This year marks the fifth anniversary of the passage of the WPEA.
  • The WPEA was the first major update in nearly 20 years to the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989.
  • Some of the WPEA’s provisions require action by Congress in order to continue, such as the requirement that each inspector general have a whistleblower ombudsman.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mr. Robert P. Storch Deputy Inspector General and Whistleblower Ombudsman, Office of Inspector General, Chair, Whistleblower Ombudsman Working Group Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency U.S. Department of Justice Document
Mr. Eric Bachman Deputy Special Counsel for Litigation and Legal Affairs Office of Special Counsel Document
Mr. Thomas M. Devine Legal Director Government Accountability Project Document
Ms. Elizabeth Hempowicz Policy Counsel Project on Government Oversight Document